Woman arrested for babies in freezer

KwaZulu-Natal - A woman was arrested when the bodies of two babies were found in a chest freezer in KwaMashu, P-section, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.

The bodies of a four-month-old baby and a newborn were found in a small chest freezer amongst chicken pieces and meat on Saturday, Lt-Col Vincent Mdunge said.

Mabinda Funeral Parlour, where the bodies of babies were found in a home freezer. Photo: SANDILE NDLOVU. Credit: SUNDAY TRIBUNE

The woman had been running an illegal funeral home called Mabinda Funeral Services.

“The owner had been declared insolvent, (and) the facilities were liquidated, but the woman, of her own accord, continued to receive bodies for the purpose of the business.”

Police received a tip-off from local residents and conducted an in-loco inspection of the business premises. She was arrested and charged with contravening the Human Tissue Act.

She was expected to appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court on Monday. - Sapa